A new history of jazz
All the great names in jazz history are here, from Louis Armstrong to Miles Davis and from Sidney Bechet to Charlie Parker and John Coltrane. But unlike those historians who end with the death of Coltrane in 1967, Shipton continues the story with the major trends in jazz of the last thirty years of the 20th century: free jazz, jazz rock, world music influences, the new historicism of the repertory movement and the continuing internationalism of the genre.
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Jazz was always a mystery for me, but I made a concerted effort a few years ago to understand it better. I have read a couple of more basic introductions (the NPR Guide, the Complete Idiot's Guide) before this one, and I found Shipton's book to be very well written and researched. It provides a great background, not only on the music, but also on the environment that created jazz. He takes pleasure in debunking some of the myths that have grown up around the music (sometimes too much pleasure), but his arguments are always backed up with research. While giving ample coverage to the giants of jazz, he also introduces the reader to many other figures who have shaped the music. Shipton is opinionated, but it always clear where he is stating an opinion. All in all, I would highly recommend this book for anyone looking to deepen their understanding and curiosity about jazz. The only real shortcoming is that the book only has a small section of photographs. The Ken Burns jazz book lacks the breadth and depth of this one, but you do get to see great pictures of many of the people and places Shipton refers to in this very good book.
Review: A New History of JazzUser Review - Goodreads
The first third of the book was intriguing with information about the roots of jazz that made me completely change my masterclass about the birth of jazz. After that, there was a bit of rambling and then some statements that were overly-opinionated. Overall, I was very glad to have read it.
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